Questions tagged [application-switcher]

The UI element that appears when cmd-tab is keyed in and allows switching between all open applications.

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Task Switcher moves to non-primary display on Mavericks

I'm running OS X Mavericks on a computer with two displays that are not mirrored. One of them is configured as the primary display using the menu bar location in Displays System Preference, pre-...
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How to choose on which display Application Switcher shows?

I always have a lot of applications open at the same time. In order to quickly switch between them, I use CMD+Tab shortcut. In order to switch even faster, I sometimes use CMD+Tab and then select the ...
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How to switch between different Chrome windows with keyboard shortcuts?

Switching between applications is easy with command-tab. Switching between tabs is easy with command-} or control-tab. Switching between separate windows within an application is easy with command-`....
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Cmd+Tab does not work on hidden or minimized windows

When I want to switch between windows using Cmd+Tab it does not work with hidden or minimized windows. I can see the icons of these windows in the application switcher but choosing them does nothing. ...
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Why is the Finder app always open?

First time Mac user. I am confused by the fact that the finder application is always open. For example, when switching apps with Cmd+Tab, it is always there, even when there are no windows opened for ...
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In OS X Yosemite, how to keep the app switcher (or dock) on my main display?

I believe the app switcher (command + tab) is tied to where the dock "is". The dock is available on both displays, but I believe the last display in which you clicked on the dock is where it actually ...
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Switch windows of an application across desktops

Is there a way (which does not cost a buck) to switch between windows across desktops with Option Tab? Not between apps, but between windows. Meaning: if I have a Chrome window on desktop 1 and ...
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Remove iterm from cmd+tab apps

I was using TotalTerminal to get visor like terminal on a shortcut. But TotalTerminal is abandoned so I have switched to the iTerm2. My problem is that when I use a shortcut to trigger iTerms visor ...
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How can I use command+tab to switch between windows of the same app in addition to all the other apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best app to switch between all open windows (alternatives to Witch) I would like to see all the windows, including from the same app, when I switch between them (command+tab). ...
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Weird display issue on OS X Lion when switching external monitor

I'm using a MBP with a second (external) monitor and since I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, I encountered some display issues that appear in the Application Switcher, and sometimes in the menu-...
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Cmd+Tab not working

We're having this problem with a Mac Pro running OSX 10.8.4 and 6 monitors with dual graphic cards+Triplehead. The ⌘Tab window does not show and it doesn't switch applications. I temporarily solved ...
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Icons disappearing from cmd+tab application switcher

When using my MacBook for a while (Sierra, 10.12.3) then using cmd+tab to switch applications, I sometimes lose application icons. In the screenshot below, it's limited to Chrome but multiple ...
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How do I kill the Application Switcher?

All of the sudden the Application Switcher's graphics breaks: Restart does help, but became a nuisance. How can I kill it? Restart it? UPDATE: Logging off fixed this. UPDATE 2: I came to a ...
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What is the keyboard short cut to cycle to a minimized window?

For example, if I have 2 Safari windows open. One is minimized and I have focus on the other one, how do I open the minimized one with out using the mouse? I found ⌘-` activates the next open window ...
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Hide Applications from other Spaces in Application Switcher

With System Preferences->Mission Control->"When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application" disabled, I would really like the application switcher (cmd+tab) ...
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How can I force the application switcher to stop following the dock and instead show on my main display in Mavericks (OS X 10.9)?

I understand the App Switcher follows the Dock. Other answers here confirm as much. However, is it possible via some hidden command-line preference to force the Application Switcher to display on the ...
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Command+Tab misbehaving for apps on multiple monitors

I tend to keep a few Terminal windows open in one monitor, and another Terminal window and Chrome open in another monitor. When I'm using a single monitor, pressing ⌘⇥ remembers which Terminal window ...
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Stop mouse interfering with Cmd + Tab menu

When pressing cmd + Tab the mouse can steal focus of a program icon. This is frustrating. Is there a setting to make the cmd + Tab ignore the mouse?
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Limit app switcher to active display

When pressing ⌘+tab  , I want to cycle through only the apps on the display that contains the app which currently has focus or contains the cursor. Likewise, when pressing ⌘+ ` , I ...
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HyperSwitch alt+tab broken?

HyperSwitch Alt+Tab behaviour stopped working 2-3 days ago. It simply does nothing. I haven't changed my HyperSwitch's preferences and I don't remember installing or updating anything that would ...
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Some Apps Appear in Mission Control but Not in the Application Switcher

I was wondering why there is a discrepancy between the apps and windows that appear in Mission Control, versus those that show up in the application switcher (CMD+TAB). Mission Control always seem to ...
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Is there an app other than Witch that allows windows switching (not app switching) with cmd+tab? [duplicate]

I found the Witch app (http://manytricks.com/witch/). Are there any other solutions?
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Change shortcut for switching to the next most recently used app among your open apps in MacOS

From the Mac keyboard shortcuts page I found shortcut for switching to the next most recently used app among your open apps : Command-Tab. I want to change it to Option-Tab. Does anyone know name of ...
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What's this separate “Phone” task section in app switcher?

I was unable to google what the possibilities of this separate "chrome on mobile" task in the cmd-tab app switcher is. What's it supposed to do?
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How to prevent iOS 10 apps from “resetting” when activated after being backgrounded?

Sometimes, I'll get a notification for an interesting story on the Medium app, tap it, opening the story in Medium, but then get interrupted, so I switch to another app, putting Medium in the ...
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macOS App Switcher, transparency and Dark Mode?

I recently switched to macOS Mojave Dark Mode, and I like many aspects of it. But there's one thing that really gives me trouble, i.e., using the App Switcher in front of a window that is mainly dark/...
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Is it possible to hide icons on the dock of apps that are running on other spaces?

I was wondering if it is possible to hide icons on the dock of apps that are running on other spaces. Also I would like the app-switcher to show only the apps that are working on the current desktop I'...
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Switching between tabs within the same Window in an app

I am trying to switch between tabs within the same window in apps running on my MacBook Air. What keyboard shortcut can I use to perform the switch conveniently?
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How are iOS apps actually opened from their sleep state?

I have noticed that when I open an app from the App Switcher it actually shows me a screenshot of the latest state of the app instead of showing me the real app. Can someone clarify the process of ...
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Alter cmd-tab behaviour on OSX to group Parallels applications?

When running a Parallels virtual machine (i.e. Windows 7), cmd-tab behaves as the Parallels icon showing the list of virtual machines (which can be closed) and a separate icon for each open Windows ...
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How to Command-Tab to a specific Safari window running in full screen

I wish to switch between Eclipse IDE (not running in full-screen mode) and a tutorial running in Safari (in full-screen mode). Whenever I Command + Tab from Eclipse to Safari I am not taken to the ...
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How do I fix an app that's stuck in application switcher?

I'm running OS X 10.7.5 "Lion". Three times now, Preview.app has gotten in a state where its icon is visible in the application switcher (⌘+Tab) but it isn't running (doesn't show up in ps ax in the ...
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how to get Finder to automatically open a Finder window / or always keep one open?

Let's say I have all my Finder windows closed. I'm in an application, like let's say Google Chrome. I ⌘-tab to the Finder icon to switch to Finder. But it shows me nothing... no windows, because I ...
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How do I disable Auto Switching to the first Space on opening a new app and entering a different full screen app (different Space) in OS X?

I am using OS X El Capitan, 10.11.6. I've noticed that whenever I open an app (irrelevant of which Space I open it in), continue operating in any Space other than the first, once the opened app is ...
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Wrong focus when CMD+Tab with multiscreen

If I have: 2 Screens Setting "Displays have separate spaces" ON A Terminal window in each screen (Terminal is just an example, this happens with all apps) Being focused on the Terminal window of my ...
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Application switcher not cycling anymore on hold [duplicate]

10.9.5 here Suddenly my Application Switcher won't cycle anymore on hold. It still can cycle between apps one by one, but if I hold command tab it will stop after reaching the right end of the row. ...
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Why do some windows not appear in the app switcher even when not hidden or minimized?

The OS X app switcher doesn't include certain windows. Example of a window not in the switcher and which I can't alt + tab to: What are the rules for which windows don't show up in the switcher? I'...
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Possible to use Command+Tab to bring up only top Window?

If you switch to an open application in Alfred, it only brings up only the window on top of the windows stack for that application, i.e. only the most recently focused window of that application. Is ...
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Application Switcher is minimizing apps

At some point when I reinstalled Mac OS X Lion, the application switcher started minimizing apps so that when I switch to one all others minimize. This causes problems when working with my ...
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Lion: Task switcher icons are badly discolored

when I press command-Tab to get the task switcher icons, to let me change the foreground program, I am seeing that after a little while, the icons are badly miscolored. Anybody else seeing this bug? ...
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Are these 4 accessibility&productivity related desktop feature available on macOS Sierra? [closed]

I switched from Linux to macOS Sierra not long ago. There are some handier features of KDE plasma over macOS. I want to know if there are alternatives for macOS. ( Better free if available ) mouse ...
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Switching between fullscreen applications gets “stuck” on Space 1

I run all of my applications in full screen mode on a laptop without an external monitor. I almost exclusively use Alfred to swap between applications, since I'm frequently moving between more than ...
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How to get rid of stale Java icons from application switcher & dock?

I recently started seeing "java" processes with the default Java icon sometimes stay in the switcher/dock after Java Web Start applications are closed (OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks). This may have begun with ...
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Wrap workspace switching?

Is there a setting that would allow me to wrap workspace switching? For example, what would I have to do to make it so that if I kept switching left I would eventually end up where I started. I'm ...
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Apps seem running on the Dock, but not on the App switcher

Some apps are always running on Mac and I can see them on Dock. (For example, iTunes, Evernote, etc.) I've set the option 'reopen windows when logging back in', so the apps automatically runs again ...
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Why are some apps greyed out when Command+Tab'ing through programs?

Sometimes when I switch through programs using the Command+Tab shortcut certain programs appear to be greyed out. I can switch to the program in question with no problems nor is there anything ...
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Is there a faster app switcher than a keyboard shortcut linked to an Automator service?

I want to switch apps faster than cmd-tab so I created an automator task to launch an app and linked to to a keyboard shortcut through the keyboard preferences. While this works okay without any third ...
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When using CMD-Tab, how to re-open the app's main window?

I hit this problem often when interacting with some Apple applications, mainly Messages and iTunes. After starting a song with iTunes, to clear my screen and get back to work I close the iTunes ...
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Really switch among all the applications by shortcuts

I am using Mac OS X 10.7.3. ⌘+tab is used to switch among different applications, but sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I guess it is because some applications are hidden or ...
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Alt-Tabbing through windows

I'm used to having Alt-Tab set to cycle forward through the windows of a single app and Shift-Alt-Tab to go backwards. I had this working on Yosemite by fiddling with the shortcuts in System Settings >...